Weddings, the camera, and me

I am a full time wedding photographer. Based near Salisbury I am happy to (and do) travel all over the south of England, particularly around Reading, Berkshire where I lived for 40 years. The variety of shooting at different venues is very appealing. I frequently find myself working around Andover, Bath, Basingstoke, Bournemouth  Reading, Salisbury, and Southampton; although I have been known to shoot weddings in Chelmsford, Chester, Halifax, London, Leicester, and even Melbourne Australia!

I live with (the lovely) Marnie and our two cocker spaniels Isla & Max in a small village in the picturesque Wylye Valley. In my spare time I enjoy watching Reading FC, table tennis, cinema, music, travelling and eating out. I don't enjoy having my photograph taken, champagne, or rain.

 In Marrakech

In Marrakech

Photography has always been an interest of mine, first learning skills with Zenit E & TTL cameras in the early 1980's. In 2007, during a year travelling (Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, & Europe) I realised that I couldn't return to my old job. The world was big, life was short. My eyes had been opened. This proved to be my real "What's it all about?" moment. Knowing that I wanted to do something I enjoyed, was workable, and meant something, I considered my options. Premiership footballer? That was never going to happen! Rock star. Don't be ridiculous! It was whilst photographing people in Cambodia that the obvious struck me. I could be a photographer!

In fact this had been a long held ambition, extinguished in my latter school days by my lack of a good grasp of science. But hey this was the 21st century, I was a grown up, everything was digital... and as they say "where there's a will there's a way". On my return to the UK I enrolled on two courses. I read everything I could get my hands on. Surfed the web (endlessly). Watched videos. Did online training. Watched more videos. Did a distance learning course. Went to trade shows. I was a sponge! Then I got my break. A neighbour (thanks John) introduced me to his daughter who was getting married. I am ever grateful to Ashlee and Stephen, who showed such trust in me (with no track record)! This was my big test. Could I do it? Did I really want to do it? Looking back I was extremely well prepared and thankfully everything went well. The revelation for me was yes I could do it, and not only did I like doing it... I loved it!

Things have evolved since then. My job isn't just about taking pictures. I have become somewhat of an expert in photo editing (NX2 and Photoshop). My website is all my own work, even down to learning how to rank well in a Google search. Then there's marketing, accounts, networking, & training. I love it all. I feel so lucky. 2015 has been my busiest year to date. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings, who I'll meet along the way, and where I'll be working.

Belonging to the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, I keenly observes the ethical and professional standards expected of its members. 

 My photo on a billboard in Salisbury!

My photo on a billboard in Salisbury!